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Friday, November 17, 2000

Conference addresses rural economic development
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- About 140 rural residents arrived in Fairbanks Wednesday for a conference on how to create jobs back home.

Supreme Court hears arguments on state-funded abortions
The Alaska Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday on whether the state should have to pay for medically advised abortions for poor women.

Couple arrested after police find methamphetemine lab
WASILLA (AP) -- A couple was arrested at their home outside Wasilla after a police search uncovered a methamphetemine lab set up in the home, Alaska State Troopers said Wednesday.

Murkowski wants BLM tract in city's hands
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Sen. Frank Murkowski said the U.S. Department of the Interior acted inappropriately in extending its hold on the 730-acre Campbell Tract here by up to 20 years.

Environmental group to file lawsuit for sea otter protections
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A California-based environmental group filed notice this week that it will sue the federal government, charging it is moving too slowly to protect the disappearing Aleutian Islands sea otters.

Knowles prefers Alaska Highway route for gas pipeline
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles wants a proposed North Slope natural gas pipeline to follow the Alaska Highway route into Canada and he thinks construction could start in as little as two years.

Martin awaits count of absentee votes
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- More than a week after the general election, East Anchorage Senate candidate Terry Martin says don't count him out just yet.

Swift buys Morris' Western Slope newspapers
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Swift Newspapers on Friday purchased Morris Communications Corp.'s newspapers on Colorado's Western Slope, including the daily Glenwood Post and five weeklies. Morris owns several publications in Alaska, including the Juneau Empire, Peninsula Clarion, and Homer News.

Drunk driver sentenced for Juneau men's death
A Kenai Peninsula man has pleaded guilty to murder and assault charges in connection with the traffic deaths of two Juneau residents.

Second custodian appointed for ex-doctor accused of sex-drug trades
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former doctor charged with trading sex for drugs got a second third-party custodian Thursday.

Kensington mine plans on hold
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Plans to open the Kensington Gold Mine north of Juneau are being postponed due to a cool response from federal environmental regulators to a proposal to dump tailings into a headwater lake, a spokesman for the mining company said Wednesday.

University of Alaska seeking $16.9 million budget hike
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The University of Alaska Board of Regents was expected to approve a proposed budget increase of $16.9 million at its meetings here this week.

Frances Coghill, wife of former lieutenant governor, dies
Frances Maye Coghill, wife of former Lt. Gov. and state legislator Jack Coghill, died Wednesday.<

Teacher Honored Juneau man named professor of year
JUNEAU (AP) -- An assistant professor of diesel technology at the University of Alaska Southeast has been named the Alaska Professor of the Year by two national education groups.

Western Canada provinces looks to Alaska gas for economic lift
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- With talk of a natural gas pipeline from Alaska's

Alaska unemployment creeps upward
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The end of the tourist, fishing and road-building seasons helped push Alaska's unemployment rate up nearly a half-percentage point in October.

Palmer Police Chief leaving for try at overseas job
Palmer Police Chief Laren Zager is planning to step down after 10 months on the job because he hopes to get hired by an international law enforcement agency.

Daughter and mother-in-law arrested
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A daughter and her mother-in-law were arrested after allegedly stealing more than $7,000 of goods from a department store, Fairbanks police said.

Medical board takes action against three doctors
The Alaska State Medical Board disciplined or reprimanded three doctors for violations of professional regulations or law at a recent board meeting in Anchorage.

Napakiak man drowns
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The body of a 47-year-old Napakiak man feared drowned Wednesday was recovered by searchers Thursday.

Nenana mayor reelected
Nenana's mayor has been reelected after six weeks of electoral limbo.

Alpine oil field starts production
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Alaska Inc. announced Thursday that its new Alpine oil field on Alaska's North Slope -- North America's largest onshore oil discovery in a decade -- has started production.

Warm weather delays Alyeska Resort opening
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Skiers and snowboarders will toss their old equipment on a bonfire at Alyeska Resort this weekend to appease the snow god.

Timber Regulations Board considers new guidelines for timber harvests near waterways
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The state Board of Forestry is considering strengthening guidelines and regulations for commercial timber harvests on public and private lands near waterways.

Reducing the national debt not entirely good for retirees
Good news about reducing the national debt isn't necessarily all good news for retirees, an investment expert says.

Pipeline consortium elects new leader
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The mayor of the North Slope Borough has been named the new chairman of the municipal consortium that's pursuing a natural gas pipeline.

An Internet depression may be lurking
Here be dragons. That's how Business Week economics editor Michael Mandel sums up his argument that we rest on the cusp of an Internet Depression.

Business Briefs
Gas opportunities highlight RDC conference ACS reports third-quarter loss Missing Alaskans owed tax refundsChamber mixer planned at Picture Alaska Art GalleryAHFC reports home loan delinquency ratesIndustry losses spark increased unemploymentFNBA backs Pratt Museum fund-raiserGary King gives upTesoro declares dividendPhillips allies with UOP

Many visitors, few spenders
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A recent survey of winter air travelers shows that thousands of in-state business people flock to Alaska's largest city during the tourism off-season.

Simplifying your life can help ease tension, reduce cost of holiday season
NEW YORK (AP) -- As we go into the holiday season -- a time of overdoing, overeating and overspending -- it might be helpful to touch base with people who promote the idea that less is more.

Gas opportunities highlight RDC conference
Expanding opportunities to develop North Slope natural gas are the first-day theme for the 21st annual conference of the Resource Development Council.

Around the Peninsula
Garage sale to benefit TOPSChristian women's club to hold craft bazaarFlu shots available at Nikiski Senior Center Homer chamber to hold mixerFish fry to be held at Sterling Senior CenterMeeting on Chugach plans to be held in SoldotnaBlood drive plannedBridges board of directors to meet SaturdayBazaar and bake sale slated for SaturdayCommunication issues to be discussedScholarships available for womenWomen's resource center to hold annual meeting

Around the Peninsula
Flu shots available at Soldotna Senior Center Play and reading group meets todayNorth Peninsula chamber to meet Career exploration seminar offeredJob Center offers open houseAdditional performance of 'The Foreigner' offeredLeague of Women Voters meeting Thursday Parenting program offeredFlu shots available at Homer Public Health Center

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Federal appeals court denies Republican request to stop recount
ATLANTA - A federal appeals court in Atlanta has denied Republican requests for an immediate halt to the manual recounting of presidential ballots in Florida.

Peninsula voters speak out on issue
The current wrangling over the Florida ballot and the issues it has raised about the way Americans choose t

Florida Secretary of State blocked by Florida Supreme Court
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Supreme Court blocked Secretary of State

Even Alaska's 'chosen few' differ on system's merit
Fighting through a dust storm of confusion resulting from the Nov. 7 presidential election, with ballots still to be counted and results unknown, Alaskans struggle to understand the election process, argue the merits of electors versus the voice of the majority and wonder about the outcome.

What's Happening
Best BetsEvents and ExhibitsEntertainmentUpcoming EventsDown the RoadAnchorage EventsFilms

Throwing a successful party requires planning
'Tis the season to have friends over. And to host a successful holiday party requires three things: planning, planning and planning.

Nutcracker
Those traveling to Anchorage Nov. 24 through 26 to watch the Nutcracker Ballet may recognize four Kenai Peninsula dancers.

Art Briefs
Potters awards presentedWriters' Night entries sought

Waltrip rides off into broadcast booth
HAMPTON, Ga. -- Once the most hated man in NASCAR, Darrell Waltrip ends his long career as one of its most beloved drivers.

MONEY LEADERS
1. Dale Jarrett $5,159,024

Sunday's NAPA 500
Where: Atlanta Motor Speedway

Point Standings
Point standings for NASCAR

'Different sport, same feeling'
By Don Coble

Elliott hopes Dodge move helps career
Bill Elliott was raised to believe it's better to push a Ford than drive a Chevrolet. Since he was old enough to stir red clay rooster tails of dust in the North Georgia mountains, Elliott has been loyal to Ford's blue oval on and off the racetrack.

Schedule
Nascar Schedule

Training session slated
Learning the ropes is the theme of Saturday's training session for old and new members of Kenai Peninsula Borough service area boards and advisory planning commissioners.

Sterling Elementary students to become presidential advisers
In an election year, separating the candidates and the offices they wish to fill from their sound-bite diatribes, the endless polls and the constant barrage of campaign ads can be difficult. It's a daunting task for mature voters.

Photo Feature:'Tis the Season
Rich Sawyer hangs a winter ornament on a light pole alonRich Sawyer hangs a winter ornament on a light pole alongside the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna Thursday afternoon.

Obvious ecological changes continue to reshape peninsula
Many significant ecological changes are occurring on the Kenai Peninsula. Some have occurred so slowly or are so subtle that they escape the notice of th

Attorney calls drunken driving sentence one of most severe ever
A Crown Point man drew 22 years in prison Tuesday for the drunken driving deaths of two prominent Juneau residents and the injury of a third.

Small manufacturers get assist
Small manufacturers in the state have a new resource to help them grow and be profitable.

City commission gets disbanded
Kenai's Historic Commission is history.

Robert Wayne Beckham
Homer resident Robert Wayne Beckham died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at South Peninsula General Hospital in Homer. He was 75.

Jasper Bitterich
Nikiski resident Jasper Bitterich died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital. He was 70.

Sylvia B. Wirth
Soldotna resident Sylvia B. Wirth died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at HeritaSoldotna resident Sylvia B. Wirth died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 87.ge Place in Soldotna. She was 87.

Montana Margaret Piatt
Kenai resident Monatna Margaret Piatt died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 88.

Matriculating at Electoral College
Senator-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton has, with characteristic bravado, proposed the elimination of the Electoral College. One must hand it to Mrs. Clinton. As with health care, on which she had little experience and no authority, the not-yet-senator likes to think big.

Letters to the Editor
Commercial fishers not to blame for problems on Kenai RiverOverseas servicemen help save day on presidential election Snowmachiners have rights just as cross-country skiers do

Indecision 2000
Business, Joe Polkowski will tell you, has been brisk. Absurdly brisk.

Letters to the Editor
Skiers were on Resurrection Trail long before snowmachiners wereSkiers, snowmachiners need to find ways to play togetherAcademic, vocational studies should be No. 1 priority in schoolsAlaskans should refuse dividend checks as a matter of principle

Voters shatter business as usual in U.S. politics Electoral College exists for reasons valid today
If he has any sensitivity at all, whoever ends up sitting in the White House for the next four years is going to be haunted by the nagging feeling that he doesn't really belong there.

Community schools provides framework for life-long learning
Earlier this week a couple of dozen people gathered in the commons of Soldotna Middle School to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Soldotna Community Schools.

There's got to be better way to hold Alaska's judges accountable
Many Alaska voters in Tuesday's election came away from the polls asking themselves: ''What was that all about?''

Baycrest trails face changes
Cross-country skiing enthusiasts may soon have a new home for the trail head leading to the 25-kilometer Baycrest Ski Trail system.

Obvious ecological changes continue to reshape peninsula
Many significant ecological changes are occurring on the Kenai Peninsula. Some have occurred so slowly or are so subtle that they escape the notice of th

Pipeline to Lower 48 could make North Slope reserves economically viable
ANCHORAGE -- The talk during Thursday's meeting of the Resource Development Council was not so much about whether to bring North Slope natural gas to market as about how and when.

Warm weather delays Alyeska Resort opening
Skiers and snowboarders will toss their old equipment on a bonfire at Alyeska Resort this weekend to appease the snow god.

Peninsula skiers have options aplenty
Like a moviegoer in New York, a football fan in Texas or a wine connoisseur in Napa Valley, a cross-country skier on the Kenai Peninsula has plenty of enticing options.

World Orthodox patriarch on U.S. visit
PLYMOUTH, Mich. (AP) -- Compuware Ice Arena became the Detroit area's largest Eastern Orthodox sanctuary as eight U.S. bishops joined 4,000 worshippers for a three-hour liturgy led by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Armenian patriarch and pope pray together
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope John Paul II and the patriarch o

Religion Briefs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States Postal Service has announced plans to issue a postage stamp next year to recognize the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, or ''feast of fast breaking,'' that ends the annual fasting month of Ramadan.

Religious right didn't fade away in congressional vote, defying pundits
NEW YORK (AP) -- The religious right has not faded, as some pundits suggested before the election, but instead turned out voters who helped Republicans maintain their majority in the House, analysts say.

Clergy urge Bush and Gore to shun self-interest
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thirty-five religious leaders have endorsed an Interfaith Alliance call for George W. Bush and Al Gore ''to put aside partisan self-interest to preserve the integrity and trustworthiness of our electoral process.''

Stamp to recognize Muslim festival
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States Postal Service has announced plans to issue a postage stamp next year to recognize the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, or ''feast of fast breaking,'' that ends the annual fasting month of Ramadan.

Catholic bishops address colleges, Mideast, criminal justice, abortion
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Catholic bishops Wednesday discussed doctrinal limits for church-related colleges and hospitals, issuing statements on a series of contentious public issues.

Louisiana school board tangles with ACLU over prayer
DERIDDER, La. (AP) -- The Louisiana affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union plans a federal lawsuit against the Beauregard Parish school board for allowing certain types of student-led prayers.

Religion Briefs
Spiritual Renewal Week planned Workshop plannedCraft sale scheduled No.v 24, 25

Lutherans review ordination under Episcopal pact; reject gay rule
CHICAGO (AP) -- Clergy ordination rules that are part of a new unity pact between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be reconsidered, following questions by the national council of the 5.2 million-member Lutheran denomination.

Reflectors of God: Let the light shine through
I am sure we all have stood in awe as we watched a full moon on a clear starlit night. We probably have stared in wonder at the beauty of it and have marveled that human feet have indeed walked there.

A's slugger named MVP
NEW YORK -- Jason Giambi still credits much of his success to Mark McGwire, even though they only played two years together in Oakland.

Sports Briefs
Boston holdout Carter traded for Guerin Griese will miss 3-4 weeks, maybe longer

Area hockey teams ready for first road test
Spectators taking in a high school hockey game at the Soldotna Sports Center may notice an extra set of orange arm bands added to the customary three officials on the ice this season.

Kent beats out teammate for National League honors
NEW YORK -- Jeff Kent planned to celebrate his National League Most Valuable Player Award in the same understated way that helped him win it.

Hull tally gives Stars a 2-2 draw
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Some 17 months since scoring his disputed Cup-clinching ''No Goal'' in Buffalo, Brett Hull was on the doorstep again to score the critical goal as the Dallas Stars tied the Buffalo Sabres 2-2 Wednesday night.

Sports Briefs
Kenai Central girls hoops holds fund-raiser Soccer players and coaches clinic offered in HomerKPHA Ice Hawks drop a pair of close games'The Body' set to analyze XFL games for NBC

Panthers win cat fight with Lions
The Skyview wrestling team's convincing dual meet victory Thursday against Anchorage Christian Schools wasn't so much about wrestling skill or endurance as it was about confidence.

Jets-Dolphins: It's a day game, so people will be awake at the finish
The New York Jets' 40-37 comeback win in overtime over Miami on a Monday night a month ago was supposed to send the Jets north in the AFC East standings and the Dolphins south.

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